LQM is a specialist environmental consultancy based in Nottingham (UK) with an international reputation for assessing and managing the risks posed to human health and the environment by contaminants in soil. Increasingly this is being done within a context of sustainable development and specifically sustainable brownfield regeneration.

We provide consultancy, peer review and expert witness services, contract research and training courses on all aspects of the management of land contamination to problem holders, developers and local government.

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Environmental Forensics - Could it be Magic?

There is no magic in magic, its all in the details. Walt Disney

Sound science is the foundation for defensible solutions.  Environmental forensics involves the application of sound science to help investigate environmental crimes.  Scientific knowledge and skills, in chemistry, geology and related fields are used to identify liability, guilt or innocence by establishing when, where and how contamination release, migration and transformation took place.

The course will be delivered by Dr Paul Nathanail of Land Quality Management Ltd and Dr Ken Scally of Chemtest Ltd. Chemtest Logo

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The course will teach delegates:

  • How to source relevant information on past events and activities
  • How to use environmental information to establish the sequence of events that could have led to present day patterns of soil or groundwater contamination
  • What to ask for from analytical laboratories
  • How to display and interpret multi-dimensional analytical results from one or multiple samples and trends over time and space.
  • Use of geological evidence – soil mineralogy, palynology, 

Practical sessions include:

  • Use of archive information
  • Interpretation of simple to generate plots of analytical data
  • Interpretation of time series
  • Interpretation of spatial plots

The course assumes no background knowledge of environmental forensics or forensic science and is aimed at practitioners expanding their expertise into environmental forensics  to help their employers or clients manage their liabilities better….although all are welcome.

By the end of the course you should be better able to:

  • Understand the role of different types of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Specify laboratory analysis to help discern liability
  • Use different graphical displays to establish the likely responsibility of different parties
  • Interpret liability under specific legal contexts – e.g. Part 2A Environmental Protection Act, common law, Compensation Act.

The courses will be of relevance to:

  • Regulatory and local authority staff involved with establishing liability for example under Part 2A or the Environmental Damages Regulations
  • Consultants advising clients on the likely extent of their liability
  • Problem holders and developers needing a more in depth understanding of how to defend themselves
  • Environmental and litigation lawyers seeking a better understanding of how environmental forensics can help their clients


The course assumes no background knowledge of environmental forensics or forensic science and is aimed at practitioners expanding their expertise into environmental forensics  to help their employers or clients manage their liabilities better….although all are welcome.

Location Date Place Cost Places
Nottingham (Private Sector) TBC £285.00 9
Nottingham (Public sector) TBC £170.00 10


This is the first time this course has been offered. Ken and Paul are well known speakers at conferences, short courses and universities in both the UK and around the world.  They have combined their expertise to offer this course as they feel the UK sector would benefit from the skills and experise they have to impart to our delegates

Paul Nathanail is a Chartered Geologist with many years’ experience of applying environmental forensics as an expert witness in legal contexts including common law, planning, contract dispute and criminal.

Ken Scally is an Analytic Chemist and has a long track record of developing laboratory test methods to inform environmental forensics. His research includes a new algorithm for dating kerosene spills. Ken is Chemtest’s technical director.

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